Desert Sun is a free Lightroom preset that boosts warm colors in photos to give a stark impression of sweltering desert heat. Colors become more vivid, making even the most barren landscape scene captivating.
An orange hue coats the After photo, along with an increase in sharpening and clarity. Cool colors, in contrast to warm tones, are made less saturated; see how the sky is lightened to give a feel of midday heat. Notice also how a tweak in exposure makes the details of the background terrain more visible.
The adjustment in contrast adds depth to the the example image. The colors in the After photo above are made more visible: the landscape is more orange and detailed. The sand dunes have become finely textured; the sharper lines in the sand have now become an accent, even a point of interest.
Notice how the shadows are increased to complement the tangerine hues. This creates a balance between the preset’s generally brightened look and the elements’ corresponding shadows. Color, texture, and depth are given equal attention in the process; this thus gives a unique and versatile effect that infuses warmth without distorting or overblowing tones.
The above image demonstrates how this free preset illuminates the scene primarily through a special increase in the luminance of warm hues. In this minimalist Sahara shot, see how the dunes are appealingly in sunny orange, and how the subject’s dress now appears distinct because of it. This preset is thus particularly useful if you intend to underscore the layers within your photograph.
This final photo encapsulates the unique aesthetic of this Desert Sun preset: elements become more vivid and defined, warm tones are amplified, shadows are darker, and cool hues lighter. It is especially designed to capture the feel of a hot, dry, sunny day. It is ideal to use for beach shots, or scenes primarily comprising warm hues.
You can absolutely use Desert Sun as is, right out of the box. With any preset you might need to make adjustments to accommodate your specific camera, settings, lighting and subject matter.
- Entirely Adjustable
- Compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC
- Performs with both PC, Mac and Mobile
- Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
- 100% Free